Haddenham

Just What the Doctor Ordered!

Home » News » Just What the Doctor Ordered!
Hugh Stradling 02
Jenny Hardy
John Stradling

Saturday night was unseasonably cold and wet, but that was no deterrent to those attending the concert in aid of Stonehill House, who filled St Mary's Church almost to capacity. And they were rewarded for venturing from their warm homes by a captivating evening of music presented by Dr Hugh Stradling and his very talented friends.

The evening's programme could only be described as eclectic, ranging from Ludwig Beethoven to Tom Lehrer, but from start to finish it was both entertaining and uplifting. Given the quality of all the performances it seems a little unfair to single out particular highlights, but it also seems unfair not to acknowledge two contributions that, for me, were particularly outstanding.

The first was Elizabeth Nurse's violin rendition of Dvorak's Romance in F minor (Opus 11), accompanied by Clare Barr on the piano. I can think of no more fitting word than entrancing for this luscious item.

My second highlight could hardly be more different. I'm quietly confident that all those present will remember baritone Chris Smith's rendition of four Tom Lehrer "love" songs for quite some time to come. I think it would be fair to describe his performance as either electrifying or terrifying, depending on where you were sitting!

It was a wonderful evening that raised a substantial sum for a very worthy cause. Thank you, Hugh, for organising the event and for your accomplished piano contributions, and thanks to all of your many friends who also entertained us. Thanks also to those responsible for the delicious and deceptively substantial nibbles and wine. We had great fun — let's do it again soon!

For more photographs from this delightful evening, please visit the GALLERIES section.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

food-delivery suppliers 03
Haddenham Webteam: Thu 02 Apr 12:30pm

Here is a list of local suppliers — what they deliver and how to order(With grateful thanks to Nick & Liz Lock)Simply open the PDF to...

Superintendent
Superintendent Michael Loebenberg: Wed 01 Apr 7:39pm

I understand that this is a difficult and worrying time for a lot people as we all make significant adjustments to our daily lives to follow the measures set out by the government. These measures have been put in place to stop the spread of Coronavirus, protect the NHS and save lives and I thank the vast majority of people in Aylesbury Vale who are following the requirements.You will be aware...

GoLocal_Apr20
Jane Wood: Wed 01 Apr 11:15am

An announcement from Jane Wood, Editor of 'Go Local!':Sadly, production of 'Go Local!' has been temporarily suspended as the delivery team cannot deliver due to the Covid-19 situation. Please KEEP your April edition for reference purposes until we re-instate the magazine, hopefully in the not-too-distant future. There are lots of advertisers who you may want or need to call...